Geotechnical Engineer Salary

Desirable paychecks are doled out to very experienced Geotechnical Engineers. Surpassing the profession's national median salary of $62K annually, wages for these workers approximate $110K. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $56K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $71K on average. Geotechnical Engineers see a median salary of $85K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veteran professionals who boast more than 20 years of relevant experience enjoy plum median salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $110K. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$16.43 - $39.51

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$45,165 - $86,826  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,492  
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $7,147  
Total Pay (?
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$44,330 - $89,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 716
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Hourly Rate
$16.43 - $39.51  
   
Overtime
$22.14 - $43.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,492  
   
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $7,147  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$44,330 - $89,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 123
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Job Description for Geotechnical Engineer

Geotechnical engineers monitor drilling operations, take and analyze soil samples, and classify soil and rocks. They typically work outdoors with colleagues that help them collect data and samples. The engineers then pass their samples and data to a field supervisor, who will approve their work or send them back into the field for further research. The work is both physical and mental, as the engineer is required to go out in the field to collect samples and analyze them as well. They typically work during the day, when sunlight is plentiful. Critical skills in this position include an understanding of geoscience data acquisition procedures.

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Geotechnical Engineer Tasks

  • Evaluate test data and develop design parameters.
  • Perform engineering analyses including foundation capacities, slope stability and settlements, etc.
  • Coordination of drilling and sampling of soil borings and supervision of laboratory testing.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Geotechnical Engineer


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, CH2M Hill offers the most; Geotechnical Engineers earn $81K on average there.

Popular Skills for Geotechnical Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Matlab, and Project are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Windows Operating System General Use, Visual Basic, and AutoDesk. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know AutoCAD, Microsoft Excel, and Project Management. The majority of those who know Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Geotechnical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Geotechnical Engineers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Geotechnical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Phoenix (+16 percent), Portland (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and New York (+9 percent). Atlanta ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 17 percent below the national average. Employers in Charlotte and St. Louis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Geotechnical Engineer Salaries




National Average
$63,000


Skills That Affect Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

Project Management
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Engineering Design
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Matlab
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National Average
$63,000

Project
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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up arrow 6%

AutoDesk
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Visual Basic (VB)
up arrow 8%

Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 151 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 7%
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